Archive for January, 2007

Prescription drugs are so 2003

The breaking news at the City Paper this evening is that Williamson County Sheriff Ricky Headley and pharmacist Glenn Brooks were busted for illegally filling bogus prescriptions for painkillers.

Two things jump out at me about this.

1: Prescription drugs? Wasn’t that out of fashion way before Rush was busted for it?

2: The only reason I can figure that this could have been worth Metro Police and TBI involvement is if Headley’s performance was adversely affected by his habit. So there must be some amazingly good stories out there about how messed up he was on all those strong painkillers. Way better stories than me dancing on tables at Cabana under the influence of pineapple martinis. Which is a fabrication — merely for illustrative purposes.

Any other insights?

Oldie But A Goodie

Not sure if this link made the rounds before I joined the blog, but Nashville Scene’s Best of Nashville from October names some amazing restaurants, many of which are still on my to-do list. The article’s honor for best local beer (Yazoo) also got me thinking. Does Nashville have any local brews other than Yazoo? The only ones I can think of are from the likes of Blackstone and Bosco’s.

Going Back to Cuba

Just wanted to point out one of the best Nashville restaurants I’d never heard of: Back to Cuba Cafe. Today my roommate introduced me to this little gem, located at the corner of Trousdale and Harding Place, that serves amazingly tasty, no-nonsense Cuban staples. For lunch I chowed down on the roast pork with rice and black beans (best black beans I’ve ever had) and I’m already looking forward to my next visit. MetBloggers, what other ethnic eateries have you enjoyed recently?

Name the Place

gargoyle

Identify the home of this cute little guy.

Holy high-priced real estate!

You may have seen this already, but this morning’s City Paper has an article about a $15 million real estate deal that took place yesterday. The land involved is just south of the Country Music Hall of Fame, between 5th and 6th and just south of Demonbreun.

The article says the firm couldn’t be reached for comment, so no word yet on what its intended use is.

Anyone want to speculate?

More Nightlife Coming to the Gulch

Looks like Radius10 owner and head chef Jason Brumm isn’t satisfied with having just one hotspot in the Gulch area. The Tennessean reports today that Brumm is behind the effort to open a new club called Lot 7 next door to Judge Bean’s on 12th Ave. With Lot 7 coming to the north end and the new Flyte restaurant to the south, it looks like the Gulch’s reach is truly expanding beyond its Sambuca – Watermark – City Hall roots. Let’s hope that we continue to see more high-quality casual dining appear in the area as well.

photographer for hire

Doofus photographer for hire!! Or, well, not exactly. For free.

I broke my camera this weekend, but I have a fancy new one on the way. So, I thought I’d toss this out there: what part of the city do you feel is underrepresented in the photographic lexicon of the city? Sure, everyone has creepy shots of Union Station, and naturally about a billion of the Bellsouth tower. The token shot or two of Printer’s alley, and the river.

But is there one part of the city you think is absolutely gorgeous and is just begging for a totally awesome, skilled photographer to take advantage of? Or, failing that, for me to take advantage of?

Give me your suggestions, and I’ll go forth to take pictures.

Keeping up with the Riches

Richie Rich he’s not, but John Rich has been writing enough hit songs for long enough that he can afford some prime Nashville real estate. He’s chosen a site on top of Love Circle, and the designs for his house are modern and minimalist (confidential to John and Principle Building Group: I really like them), but huge. Towering-over-the-neighbors huge. And therein lies the controversy: his soon-to-be neighbors are none too pleased with the scale of the designs, to say nothing of the aesthetics themselves.

And the thought of being John Rich’s neighbor is clearly not enough to mollify their concerns. I can understand that. He’s out partying on Demonbreun most nights, so there’s not much chance of getting invited over for dinner parties.

Seriously, though? I’m mostly for keeping consistent with the look and feel of the neighborhood, and I do think it’s pretty inconsiderate to design the house so that it looms over neighboring houses. It might also deter from the overall attractiveness of the houses on the street. That said, I don’t what tricks the architect would have to pull out of his or her hat to achieve similar aesthetic results in such formidable scale — over 11,000 square feet.

So hey. It’ll be a gorgeous house out of scale with the surrounding houses, but it’ll be a story. People will bitch and moan about it, but it’ll be that little drama that makes us oh-so-Nashville: “My rich and famous neighbor is so rude with his 11,000 square foot home. Woe is me.”

What I’m saying is, John, if you become a pariah in your new ‘hood, give me a call. I’ll be happy to buy you a drink at On The Rocks.

More Midtown Towers?

Just wondering if any of our astute readers know something we don’t about Rex Noseworthy’s latest gossip – that another flashy new real estate development is coming to Midtown. Rex tells us that another two-building development is slated for West End, “one that will spur corporate big shots and edgy hipsters alike to want to live large in the towers.”

The wording makes it sound like somewhere between West End Ave. and Elliston Place, but who knows? Any guesses, MetroBloggers?

Farmers’ Market renovations delayed, but increased

According to this article in the City Paper, the improvements to the Farmers’ Market will now be delayed until the spring, but the cost of those improvements will double. Among the improvements cited in the article was a ventilation system to allow better temperature regulation and to allow vendors to use gas cooktops.

That all sounds good and well, but it’s focused on the center section of the market. What I’m really hoping for are improvements to the outer sections where the produce is actually sold. I’d like to see, for example, a centralized payment system to allow vendors to accept credit cards more easily. So few of the vendors do, and I so rarely carry cash anymore.

What improvements would you like to see in the Farmers’ Market?

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